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Symptoms of Ulcerative colitis

Symptoms of Ulcerative colitis: Introduction

The severity and types of symptoms of ulcerative colitis vary from person to person and can run the gamut from very mild to severe. For some people, the symptoms of ulcerative colitis can seriously affect a person's ability to participate in normal activities of daily living. Typical symptoms of ulcerative colitis include bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain and cramping.

People with ulcerative colitis may also develop anemia due to loss of blood. Dehydration and malnourishment can also occur from the loss of fluids and nutrients that occurs in chronic diarrhea. Other more vague symptoms may include nausea, fever, skin ulcers, loss of appetite, weight loss, joint pain, and fatigue.

Serious complications of ulcerative colitis include hemorrhage, colon rupture, and the possible development of colon cancer. About 25%-40% of people with ulcerative colitis eventually have their colons removed because of these complications. Complications may also include the development of arthritis, inflammation of the eye, liver disease, and osteoporosis....more about Ulcerative colitis »

Ulcerative colitis symptoms: The severity and types of symptoms of ulcerative colitis vary from person to person. Typical symptoms include bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain and cramping. People with ulcerative colitis may also experience anemia due to loss of blood and dehydration and malnourishment resulting from the loss of fluids and nutrients that occurs in diarrhea. Other more vague symptoms may include nausea, fever, skin ulcers, loss of appetite, weight loss, joint pain, and fatigue. Serious complications of ulcerative colitis include massive bleeding, colon rupture, and the possible development of colon cancer. Complications may also include the development of arthritis, inflammation of the eye, liver disease, and osteoporosis. Despite these serious complications, about half of people with ulcerative colitis experience only mild symptoms.

Not all of the above symptoms are always related to ulcerative colitis. Although abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea are typical of ulcerative colitis, they and other symptoms can be related to many other potentially serious conditions, including food poisoning, appendicitis, and pancreatitis. Any episodes of rectal bleeding, vomiting of blood, persistent diarrhea, or moderate to severe abdominal pain should be reported immediately to your health care provider. Only a thorough evaluation by a qualified health care professional can determine what is causing your particular symptoms and make a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis....more about Ulcerative colitis »

Symptoms of Ulcerative colitis

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Ulcerative colitis includes the 40 symptoms listed below:

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The most common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Patients also may experience

  • Fatigue.
  • Weight loss.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Rectal bleeding.
  • Loss of body fluids and nutrients.
About half of patients have mild symptoms. Others suffer frequent fever, bloody diarrhea, nausea, and severe abdominal cramps. Ulcerative colitis may also cause problems such as arthritis, inflammation of the eye, liver disease (fatty liver, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis), osteoporosis, skin rashes, anemia, and kidney stones. No one knows for sure why problems occur outside the colon. Scientists think these complications may occur when the immune system triggers inflammation in other parts of the body. These problems are usually mild and go away when the colitis is treated. (Source: excerpt from Ulcerative Colitis: NIDDK)

Ulcerative colitis as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Ulcerative colitis, it is also important to consider Ulcerative colitis as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Ulcerative colitis may cause:

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Ulcerative colitis: Onset and Incubation

Onset of Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis can occur in people of any age, but it usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30, and less frequently between 50 and 70 years of age. It affects men and women equally and appears to run in families, with reports of up to 20 percent of people with ulcerative colitis having a family member or relative with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. A higher incidence of ulcerative colitis is seen in Whites and people of Jewish descent.

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Ulcerative colitis. This signs and symptoms information for Ulcerative colitis has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Ulcerative colitis signs or Ulcerative colitis symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Ulcerative colitis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Ulcerative colitis symptoms.

 

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